For the next several months, the artistic representation of perspective, via foreground, middleground, and background will be explored via, 2D drawings, 3D constructions, and technical applications of perspective drawing (again) utilizing a vanishing point.
To introduce this focus, students began with a See, Think, Wonder exercise looking and interpreting this 3D computer generated image of Picasso's Painter on His Way to Work.
This computer exaggerated version, shows a hyper representation of the foreground, middle ground, and background elements, illustrating a more accessible example of these perspective elements.
After the see, think, wonder process, students were asked to identify specific objects that are in each of the three "areas." "What do you see in the foreground?" "The middle ground?" etc...
Further we discussed the size of objects in the foreground vs. mid, and background. Students identified that the man in the front is much larger than the buildings in the background (though technically that is not an actual fact). Students noticed that the man and the tree are roughly the same size, though it is a full grown tree.
Next session we applied the See, Think, Wonder exercise to Giovanni Giacometti's Self-Portrait in the Snow, and applied the same identification process of objects/persons in the fore, mid, and background of the painting. Over the following weeks/months, students will consider and explore the visual phenomena of depth and perspective by layering images, layering materials, and constructing a 3D scene using rough scale (small, medium, large) to achieve fore, mid, and background.